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29 Ways To Honor The Glory Of Peanut Butter And Jelly

National PB&J Day only comes along once a year. Do it right.

You know why April 2 is special, right?


Peanut butter and jelly, or, as we affectionately refer to it, PB&J, is arguably the greatest food pairing in human history.

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I mean, is that a tower of glory or is that a tower of glory? The sweet! The salty! The creamy! The crunchy! Can peanut butter and jelly have it all? YES, YES THEY CAN.

And yeah, PB&J sandwiches, especially many-layered sandwiches, are great. But when they start to seem a little stale, don't let the inevitable onset of sandwich ennui slow your roll. There are so many other ways to enjoy this blessed union. Here are just a few.

1. PB&J Bars

The classic. Recipe here.

2. PB&J French Toast Sandwich

Breakfast/lunch fusion at its finest. Recipe here.

3. DIY Uncrustables!

WHY did I never think of this? Recipe here.

4. PB&J Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache

Overachiever's dream cupcake. Recipe here.

5. PB&J Pie

My, what pretty jam smears you have! Recipe here.

6. PB&J Sandwich Cookies

Like a sandwich, but a COOKIE. Recipe here.

7. PB&J Smoothie

True fact: Peanut butter is a smoothie's best friend. Recipe here.

8. Chocolate PB&J Cups

These take a little doing, but there's a 99% chance they're delicious. Recipe here.

9. PB&J Muffins

Muffins full of treasure. Recipe here.

10. PB&J Potato Chip Thumbprint Cookies

Adding potato chips was never a bad idea, ever. Recipe here.

11. Grilled PB&J Sandwich

Borrowing a smart trick from the ol' cheese playbook. Recipe here.

12. PB&J Blondies

Bake sale dynamite right there. Recipe here.

13. PB&J Pancakes (Gluten-Free)

Jelly makes an excellent structural stabilizer. Recipe here.

14. PB&J Crème Brûlée

For the discerning, refined PB&J enthusiast. Recipe here.

15. PB&J Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache

Sorry arteries, I have a new friend and don't need you anymore. Recipe here.

16. PB&J Baked Oatmeal

Good morning! Recipe here.

17. PB&J and Banana Waffle Sandwich

The banana seems like a BIT much, but the general concept is sound. Recipe here.

18. PB&J Cinnamon Rolls

Look at that cute pink glaze up in there. Recipe here.

19. Easy PB&J Ice Cream Cake

Ah, the power of Cool Whip. Recipe here.

20. PB&J Skillet Monkey Bread

Just snip up some Pillsbury biscuits, drizzle with nice things, and bake. Recipe here.

21. PB&J Sushi

Well, if that ain't just the cutest gosh darn thing. Instructions here.

22. PB&J Ice Cream

A little labor-intensive, but those pink swirls are awful pretty. Recipe here.

23. Steamed PB&J Buns

Peanut butter BAO! Recipe here.

24. Braided PB&J Bread

Easy to make with some strategically placed pizza dough. Recipe here.

25. PB&J Ice Cream Sandwiches

Of COURSE these are from the beautiful buttery mind of Paula Deen. Recipe here.

26. PB&J Fudge

OR: Get a spoon. Eat some peanut butter. Just an idea. Recipe here.

27. Peanut Butter, Jelly, Bacon & Sriracha Burger

HELP WHAT'S HAPPENING? More info on this beast here.

28. PB&J Poutine

Perfect accompaniment to your PB&J Burger, from the Potato Champion truck in Portland.

29. PB&J Chicken Lollipops

Uh...recipe here, if you think this is in any way acceptable.